The Mana Ririki Kaupapa Māori Parenting Conference was held at the Lakeside Novotel Rotorua on the 16th/ 17th August, 2016. It was a most successful event. The conference planning began in April, 2015 and with the support of promised Tindall Foundation funding, by November was a definite possibility. The Mana Ririki Board wanted our brand with its focus on strengths-based strategies for protecting and promoting tamariki to expand nationally.
The theme of the conference was a discussion about what kaupapa Māori is and to “explore how cultural strategies for parenting have expanded in number and ingenuity to empower whānau, to raise their tamariki with the violence free, loving and nurturing ways of our tipuna.” Empowerment of whānau was the goal rather than a focus on negativity. The conference of 200 was very well attended indicating the interest in this kaupapa.
These outcomes and the delegates’ outcomes were reached according to our retrospective feedback survey. The speakers were on theme and the Poari Panel of the Mana Ririki Board members added the depth of senior Māori leaders’ years of experience. The presentations of Kaupapa Māori parenting programmes were enlightening and relevant. The strategies used with whānau to empower themselves and their tamariki were inspiring. These included nurturing brain development in the early years, helping teens manage parenting, and helping teens in corrections residences to adopt violence free parenting and relationships in and out of residences.